Grateful Dead Live at Irvine Meadows on 1988-04-23
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Subject: Great show
Subject: YEAH, but Sunk as the concert went on...
2nd Set: Will expansively dark territory be approached during this set-opening "Playin?" It winds a fine delicate path that loses its way with busyness till Brent inspires w/ some Davidesque 'Sketches of Spain' keys. It morphs into a nicely woven "Crazy Fingers" too soon, though. Jerry and Brent wove themselves a neat-o-web. Of course we're feeling soft and cozy, a perfect time for "UJB." It's perfectly acceptable though I wish the band showed as much interest in performing as Jerry has for playing. "Drums/Space" come and go as they please... The simplicity and direct qualities of "GDTRFB" makes it more appealing as a late late 2nd setter not an emergence after the shapeless "Space." This version's fine. "Miracle" is a dirty, raucous, sloppy crowd sing-along. "Fantasy/Hey Jude" is a tired combo. Blessedly, they stay 'tired' during a weak-kneed, depleted, lovely "Stella." Minimal isntrumentation continues with an oddly almost silent "Lovelite." It went from quiet to loud well, but I'm feeling kinda blah about...
Enocre selection is an appropriately weary "Knockin."
Subject: Great Sounding
Subject: Total meltdown!!
We were in the last row of reserved in the far corner, Jerry side. It's freezing out, and I am howling at the moon without a shirt, oblivious to the cold - the band was just too hot!
First set- nothing spectacular outside a rare 'To Lay Me Down'
The second set rollicked along, and then something seemed to kick in (the band, me, or both?) during the Drums>Space segue. The Ampitheatre started to really melt away now. Jerry came out in the middle of this mind fucking Drums set and started and ended Space with these antideluvian chords, played in fifths, with a psychedelic minor progression - I've never heard him play anything like it since.
GDTRFB was a howling good time - the girl from the audience on stage to dance during 'Knockin'. This show holds a memorable place (I think!) in the smokin hole that was my brain... Enjoy!
Subject: The Bus comes by and I get on
And what a show it was. High energy and cool song selction. Download Hell in a Bucket and sample how on bobby was and how strong his vocals were. Pocky Way was a highlight because I was a huge Nevilles fan at the time. But when they went into Hey Jude and I realized I was watching the Dead doing the Beatles, I had my first "This is the best thing that is happening on the planet right now" moment of clarity. That feeling would be captured at least once at each of the rest of my 47 shows.
People started wooing in my section during drums and in my altered state I realized what they really wanted to do was howl like wolves and get back to their primordial roots. I started howling and soon the whole section was doing it too. I also remember moving down to the tenth row during my first Stella Blue and thinking he was singing "Stellar Blue". I also thought, "How nice of the crowd, they are indulging Jerry and letting him sing this slow song." Other memories were how great the Irvine Deadows grass felt under my feet and how delicious a Snickers bar tasted. But perhaps the best part of the whole night was hearing Little Feat's "Waiting for Columbus" for the first time in the post-show parking lot, being blown away by Lowell's slide on Mercenary Territory and dancing until I was sober enough to drive home. Thanks again, Zon, for being such a great bad influence.
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